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The saga of a Chicago police detective's efforts to stop a young hood's ruthless rise in the ranks of organized crime.
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1988   1987   1986  
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Dennis Farina ...  Lt. Mike Torello 43 episodes, 1986-1988
Bill Smitrovich ...  Sgt. Danny Krychek / ... 32 episodes, 1986-1988
Steve Ryan ...  Det. Nate Grossman 31 episodes, 1986-1988
Billy Campbell ...  Det. Joey Indelli / ... 31 episodes, 1986-1988
Paul Butler Paul Butler ...  Det. Walter Clemmons 31 episodes, 1986-1988
Tony Denison ...  Ray Luca 30 episodes, 1986-1988
Stephen Lang ...  Atty. David Abrams 29 episodes, 1986-1988
John Santucci John Santucci ...  Pauli Taglia 28 episodes, 1986-1988
Joseph Wiseman ...  Manny Weisbord 18 episodes, 1986-1988
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Storyline

Chicago, 1963. As head of the police department's Major Crime Unit, Lieutenant Michael Torello must deal with the city's most dangerous criminals. And possibly the most dangerous of all is Ray Luca, a young ambitious street hood who's out to gain wealth and power by whatever means - including theft, threats, extortion and murder. As Luca begins his ruthless climb up the ladder of organized crime, leaving a growing number of victims in his wake, Torello becomes more and more determined to bring him down. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brigada mòvil de Xicago See more »

Filming Locations:

Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico See more »

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Runtime:

(42 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Del Shannon re-wrote and re-recorded his classic hit "Runaway" for the title sequence of the series. See more »

Goofs

During the Season 1 episodes (near the end of the season) where Manny Weissborn and the other mob bosses are meeting at a country club and arguing over whether or not to get involved in the drug trade or the takeover of Las Vegas, pay close attention to the large plate glass windows. During the night-time scenes, especially when Weissborn goes into a rant, you can see the reflections of stage hands holding boom mics, running cameras, and holding up cue cards for the elderly Joseph Wiseman to read. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Mike Torello: Hey you. You hurt anybody else, when this is over, I'm gonna find what you love the most and I'm gonna kill it. Your mother, your father, your dog... don't matter what it is, it's dead.
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Crazy Credits

Al Kooper ... Guy who picks music for the show See more »

Connections

Referenced in Red Heat (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Runaway
Written by Del Shannon (uncredited) and Max Crook (uncredited)
Performed by Del Shannon
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Absolutely riveting crime drama!
23 October 2001 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

From producer Michael Mann, a brilliant crime drama series that can be mentioned with similar reverence as THE UNTOUCHABLES(TV series)1959-1963. Chicago, Cleveland, St. Louis, Las Vegas...organized crime is spreading its wings. Michael Torello(Dennis Farina)is the head of Chicago's Major Crime Unit and determined to bring down up and coming crime figure Ray Luca(Anthony Denison). The action takes place in the early 60s...and it is very impressive that the clothing, hair styles, automobiles and music are circa 1963. The opening theme is a revved up revised version of Del Shannon's "Runaway". The Torello/Luca relationship may even be more intense than that of Ness/Nitti in THE UNTOUCHABLES. From direction to dialogue; from story line to acting...hard to find fault with one of the best in this genre.

Kudos for strong acting from Stephen Lang, Bill Smitrovich, Andrew Dice Clay, Jon Polito, David Caruso, Ray Sharkey and Joseph Wiseman. Rocker Todd Rundgren is responsible for all original music that drives this 42 episode crime drama.


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